Undergraduate Admissions

We get it. Applying to college is overwhelming. Let us make things a little easier.   
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To make this as simple as possible we’ve included an overview of requirements for incoming freshmen below.



Fall Semester Deadlines

Please submit your application and all required materials as soon as possible for full consideration.

  • December 1 for Nursing - This deadline has been extended and we continue to take nursing applications for Fall 2023.
  • March 1 for all other programs

Spring Semester Deadlines

  • December 1 - All programs

Please note we are rolling admissions, which means we do not have an Early Action or Early Decision deadline. However, we do review applications as soon as they are complete, so the sooner you apply the sooner you will hear your admissions decision. 

For our competitive programs we strongly suggest you apply by the Priority Deadline, however we will continue to accept applications for these programs as long as there is space available.

Discover all that Fitchburg State University has to offer in our undergraduate Viewbook

More than 40 academic programs, 85 student clubs, Division III athletics and a picturesque New England campus located only a 75 minute train ride from Boston. Scholarships available.

Transfer Admissions 
International Admissions

What You Need To Apply

Please note: The application fee has been eliminated for Spring, Summer, and Fall 2022 undergraduate applicants. No application fee is required.

  • Application
  • Official high school transcript
  • Students have the option to submit their standardized test scores as part of their application materials. Students are asked to identify as whether they would prefer to be considered "test optional" as part of their application form.

Optional materials:

  • Letters of recommendation
  • Interview
  • Résumé (pre-nursing majors must submit a résumé)
Subject Number of Courses
English 4 courses
Mathematics 4 courses (Algebra I and II and Geometry or Trigonometry, or comparable coursework) including mathematics during the final year of high school.
Sciences 3 courses (drawn from Natural Science and/or Physical Science and/or Technology/Engineering, and all three must include laboratory work); Technology/engineering courses must be designated as science courses (taken for science credit) by the high school.
Social Sciences 2 courses (including 1 course in U.S. History)
Foreign Languages 2 courses (in a single language) 
Note: American Sign Language (ASL) is a foreign language.
Electives 2 courses (from the above subjects or from the Arts and Humanities or Computer Sciences)
Recalculated High School GPA Combined SAT ERW and M and/or ACT Must Equal or Exceed (ACT composite equivalent in parenthesis)
2.51 - 2.99 990 (19)
2.41 - 2.50 1030 (20)
2.31 - 2.40 1070 (21)
2.21 - 2.30 1110 (22)
2.11 - 2.20 1140 (23)
2.00 - 2.10 1180 (24)

If your GPA is below 3.0 we use the sliding scale to determine admissibility.

When reviewing a high school transcript, we re-calculate a student’s GPA based on their college prep, honors or AP level courses only. We do not include courses that are based on performance such as physical education, health, music, etc.

When re-calculating a GPA we also give “extra credit” for higher-level courses. For example if you received a “B” in an honors course, we would consider this a “B+”. If you received a “B” in an AP or IB course, we would consider it an “A”.

If you have a minimum recalculated GPA of a 2.00 or higher, you’re considered for admission.

If you haven't quite met our minimum standards for admission, we may consider you for one of our special admissions programs:

If you do not have a 2.00 or higher, we cannot accept you as a freshman. However, you can enroll in another college first and then apply as a transfer student once you have earned some college-level credits.

Connect with Admissions Staff

Email us at: admissions@fitchburgstate.edu

Call us at 978.665.3144

Other Ways To Join

It's possible to get college credit before your career begins. Here's three other ways to consider getting a head start at Fitchburg State. 

Dual Enrollment

You are able to enroll in available courses that meet your high school graduation requirements. Learn more about it! 

Summer Bridge

An opportunity for students who show the potential to succeed in college, but who did not meet the university’s minimum standards for admission. 

Questions? Get in Touch!